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RE: [bvpta] Digest Number 460

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  • Lisa Guzman
    Thank you for letting us know about the helipad, Tanya! I will help spread the word among the staff about this. Warmly, Lisa Gutierrez Guzmán
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 25, 2006
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      Thank you for letting us know about the helipad, Tanya! I will help spread
      the word among the staff about this.

      Warmly,

      Lisa Gutierrez Guzm�n


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      >Message: 2
      > Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 10:41:54 -0800
      > From: "Tanja Kor" <tanja87@...>
      >Subject: Helicopter!!!!
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      >Hello all: Since "BV Groups" has been kind of quiet lately, please allow me
      >to stir up the pot:
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      >I attended a meeting at the Potrero Hill neighborhood house on Sunday about
      >the proposed helipad at SFGH. SFGH wants to begin operating a helipad and
      >flying emergency trauma helicopters (called HEMS) to and from it.
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      >The HEMS are not like the air traffic helicopters that fly overhead at
      >about 1500 feet. Those are single-engine helicopters. The HEMS are much
      >bigger, much heavier, and require two engines. They are also much louder.
      >They make 50% more noise than the air traffic helicopters.They have to fly
      >in at a lower level--so they will be about 150 ft above our neighborhood
      >and Buena Vista.
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      >One woman at the meeting who was in her backyard during a test flight
      >conducted last year said that when the copter flew by, there was a massive
      >exodus of every bird, chipmunk, squirrel, rat,and mouse out of all the
      >trees, dogs ran around howling and barking, and her cat disappeared for 6
      >hours. She herself ran into her house, where the noise was just as
      >deafening and her windows were rattling. She lives on Vermont street, less
      >than a block from BV.
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      >The flight path of the copters will take them over Potrero Hill, Bernal
      >Heights, and/or the Mission, depending on wind patterns and where they're
      >coming from. However, a predominant flight path will be to fly north over
      >101, to SFGH.
      >
      >This means that the copters will be flying directly over our very own BV.
      >SFGH is planning at least 5 flights a day. (A hospital in Santa Rosa opened
      >a helipad recently, told neighboring residents that they would have 50
      >flights/year, and are now up to 500 flights/year).
      >
      >I cannot imagine that having these loud machines roaring low (about 150
      >feet by the time they get to BV) overhead multiple times per day will be
      >condusive to a learning environment for our kids. Will they be able to
      >concentrate, study, take tests, read, paint, relax, learn? Will they be
      >able to hear the teachers or each other? Will this cause anxiety? Will they
      >be in danger? Will it cause our teachers to leave? Will it keep new parents
      >from enrolling in our school?
      >
      >I am not an expert on this, so I urge you to find out more yourselves.
      >There is a website: www.stophelipad.org. Also, there will be another
      >community meeting this coming Sunday, Feb 26, 4pm-6pm at the Bernal Heights
      >Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue (at Andover St). There will be
      >another community meeting on Sunday, March 12 at 2pm at the Brava Theatre
      >2781 24th street.
      >
      > I also learned more grim things about plummeting property values,
      >frequency of helicopter crashes, air pollution, and un- and under-insured
      >neighborhood residents being turned away from SFGH b/c there will be no
      >space for them.
      >
      >Please come and find out more about how these helicopters will impact our
      >community, neighborhood, and school!
      >
      >Tanja Kor
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